Who has a part of their body they’re not so keen on? Come on, admit it, I bet there’s at least one you don’t like. There’s a couple I could reel off quite easily (thighs, skin, teeth, hands…OK, OK enough already!) and even though I’ve learnt to live with them and nearly almost, dare I say, love them if someone gave me some magical spell that would change them (money and pain free obvs.) I’d do it in a heartbeat.
However, there’s one part of my body that I’ve always thought looks rather nice and that’s my neck. It’s quite long you see, some might even say swan-like and apparently in medieval times having a long neck was a sign of beauty, which I’m certainly not going to argue about. But the thing is it worries me a bit that my fave thing is my neck, because what on earth am I going to do in say 5, 10, 15 years time when gravity gets the better of me and it ends up looking saggy, loose and rather like one of those slobbery, jowly bloodhounds!
I’ll be screwed won’t I!?!
Women in particular are prone to ‘turkey neck’ as they age, in fact it’s the chin, neck and jaw muscles that are the first muscles to start sagging and unfortunately because it’s always on show, there’s little we can do to disguise it. So what’s the solution, surely we don’t need to give up and resign ourselves to the fact we’ll be looking like Deirdre Barlow for the rest of our lives?
Fear ye not, because I was sent a product recently that could be the answer to all your necky needs. Let me introduce you to the Paul Younane Neckline Trainer.
OK so yes I grant you it looks a little strange (I mean what the heck are those springs about!), but apparently using this small exercise device is enough to help tighten, tone and strengthen those crucial muscles.
The creator of this, Paul Younane, is a professional physiotherapist and is known as the Body Conditioning Guru, so you might say he knows his stuff. The trainer works by applying direct targeted resistance to the muscles, gradually increasing both their strength and tightness and thus delivering noticeable results – apparently you should be able to feel results in the first week, feel and see tightening in the first 2 weeks, and the neck and jawline line should be tightened and lifted in 6 weeks.
Let’s look at it in more detail…
What’s In The Box?
- The Neckline Trainer Device
- 3 colour coded interchangeable springs – beginner (pink), intermediate (green) and advanced (purple)
- 3 extra resistance springs
- A ‘luxury’ storage bag
- A rather old fashioned, but informative, instructional training DVD
First up I’d recommend whacking the DVD on. I’ll be frank with you, it’s certainly not the best thing you’ve ever watched and yes it does look a little like an amateur version of QVC, but it’s actually incredibly useful in terms of having a visual reference of how to dismantle the device without breaking it.
There are two different types of exercise you can do with the Neckline Trainer:
This one’s the easy one, the one you should start off with, because you might think exercising your neck is easy, but trust me when I say you need to build up to it. Aim for 3 sets of 10 once a day; it’s probs best either first thing in morning or perhaps before going to bed at night. The movement is simple – lift your head up and down with the device sat under your chin and resting on your sternum. Most importantly you must make sure you’re sat upright with your shoulders back, it’s all about good posture.
This one’s the same as the above, but you open and close your mouth whilst doing the exercise; think fish struggling for air. Again 3 sets of 10, with the added benefit of helping to tighten up your cheek and temple muscles as well as the side of the face.
Here’s what I think…
Yes you look proper silly, but hey whoever cared about that right? So I say embrace the silliness and have fun with it! I’d recommend sitting in front of a mirror for the first few times you try this out, not only to help you get the right form, but also to have a damn good laugh at yourself. Because well, laughter is a form of exercise in itself and it just so happens that one of the suggested advanced neck trainer exercises is to use the device whilst smiling.
Having tried it out for a couple of days, I can deffo see how this would work. My jaw was aching from that time alone, not like mega painful aching, but aching like I’d been nattering and laughing on the phone to my mum for hours on end. And as I said, at the moment my neck and chin aren’t doing too badly for themselves, but who knows what the future may bring!!!
To find out more about the neck trainer head on over to the Paul Younane website.
*Product gifted for review.
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